Room 11 – Black Smith Shop

Room 11

In the days when horses, mules, and oxen were the primary mode of transportation being a blacksmith was essential to a community. The blacksmith would make their own tools and horse shoes  for the farmers and ranchers.  After mass manufacturing began the blacksmith shop faded into the recesses of time. In this exhibit you will see a masculine display of tools, horse shoes, bellows, and anvil, all tools of the trade as a blacksmith. This room is dedicated to the Matkin family for their blacksmith and land survey equipment. George Matkin Sr. and his son George were both wood carpenters, and furriers. George Jr. was the area land survivor.  Both father and son have passed on, leaving behind the tools of their trades on loan from their grandson, for all to enjoy.

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